Genealogy in Petilia Policastro

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Petilia Policastro, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Calabria and in Crotone province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Petilia Policastro registrar as of that date.

So, if your ancestors were in Petilia Policastro in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Petilia Policastro to know more.

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Petilia Policastro?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Petilia Policastro


Before to start your genealogy research in Petilia Policastro, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Italy and in Petilia Policastro too.

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Petilia Policastro from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Petilia Policastro. As more your surname is common in Petilia Policastro, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Petilia Policastro archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Crotone province are:
Adamo, Aiello, Arcuri, Astorino, Basile, Bevilacqua, Bruno, Caligiuri, Carvelli, Cortese, Curcio, Esposito, Fabiano, Falbo, Fazio, Ferraro, Gallo, Garofalo, Gentile, Giordano, Greco, Iaquinta, Ierardi, Le Rose, Lombardo, Macrì, Mancuso, Marino, Marrazzo, Martino, Mauro, Oliverio, Pace, Palmieri, Perri, Poerio, Pugliese, Rizza, Rizzo, Rocca, Russo, Salerno, Scalise, Schipani, Sestito, Tallarico, Vaccaro, Vona

Church archives in Crotone province may instead contain even older information, but they are far less accessible from abroad (and almost impossible by email).
Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Petilia Policastro and Crotone province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself, but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Reggio Calabria.

In any case, never give up! Probably the distance from your country and Italy, some difficulties in understanding and in translation, could complicate your search but this should not discourage you.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Petilia Policastro, or if you have questions regarding your family in Petilia Policastro, just leave a message below

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  1. Fátima says:

    Hi, my name is Fátima and I´m from Brazil.
    My great grandfather was born in Petilia Policastro in July, 26th 1872. His name was Bernardo Gaetano Schipani. His parents was Gaetano Schipani and Nicolette Valone. I would like to know informations about his grandparents.

  2. Mary says:

    Hi, I believe my grandparents were born and married in petilia. But I believe our names were changed any info you can give me would be helpful.
    grandfather – Ross Farber(unknown if real surname) son of Natale and Carmina Garofile
    married to grandmother Mary Mannerino daughter of Frank and Carmella Parenta
    Ross immigrated to the us in 1905 and she came later around 1907

  3. jennifer says:

    Dec 1st 1895 Francesco Eugene Daniele was born there. Nicodemos and Laura Daniele are hes parents. Brothers Dominick, Geraldo and sisters Laura and Victoria. any information you can supply me would be appreciated.

    • Cass says:

      Jennifer – My mouth dropped open when I read your post. I believe this is my grandfather; however, we knew his name to be Eugene Francesco Daniele and his birthdate to be 1 December 1894. However, I have seen it listed as 1895 as well . We did not know his parents names. Interestingly though I have a copy of his WWI Veteran’s Compensation Application saying he was born in Petilia Policastro and it lists his children as Nicodemos, Rose, and Laura. But his oldest son’s name, my father, is actually Raymond Eugene and I haven’t been able to figure out why he put Nicodemos on the form. The form does ask for his father’s name right below the children. Possible error? How are you related to this family? I would love to know if we are related.

    • Cassandra says:

      Jennifer, I have not heard back from since my response in August 2017. I am very anxious to learn whether we are related. Please respond.



  4. Ron says:

    According to records from Ellis Island,NY. My Grandfather, Sebastiano Elia came from Petilia Policastro Italy> I am trying to find out if we have any relatives in this place.Your help would be very helpful to our family.

    • Tara Samuels says:

      Hi Ron,
      My great great grandfather also came from here and his last name was Alley in the U.S. but Elia in Italy. I am researching but haven’t had much luck with finding family in Italy. He came here in 1907 through Ellis Island as well. Maybe we could be related!!

  5. Margie says:

    My father Santo garofalo,sam, was born in petilia poliCastro in august of 1909 or 1910. His parents are Michele garofalo & guisippena altimari. I’m looking for any relatives as my grandfather Michele had at least 5 or 6 brothers that came to the united states but went back. Some of their names were Santo, francesco, sebastiano. I would like to know what Micheles parents names were. Please respond.

  6. Catherine says:

    My grandfather and his brother came from Petilia Policastro – My Grandfather was Pasquale Papaianni, born around 1885. His brother, Francesco, was born in 1890. They came to the United states in 1903 after the deaths of both parents. Family legend has it that my great-grandfather built or designed churches. Any information on how to obtain records, etc., would be very helpful and appreciated!

  7. Nancy says:

    My great grandparents Rosa Benincasa Raspa (1858-1937) and Nicola Raspa (birth unknown) were both from Petilia Policastro, married in 1994…and my grandmother Maria Raspa (1897-1975) was born in Petilia Policastro. I am planning a trip in 2016, where can I go to find birth or marriage records. Thank you very much N

  8. Anthony says:

    My Grandfather came to the United states with his family in 1901 His name was Anthony Joseph Lechiara. His parents were Salvatore Lechiara born in 1856 and his mother was Frances Vucharelli. I have received a request from some one named Marco Lechiara who wants to know how we are related I do not know him or Carmen Lechiara. I was hoping I could find out more about my Italian side of the family. My mother recently passed away so I do not know much more than this.

  9. Caterina Strasburg says:

    A website shows that there are 75 Comberiati in Italy, 36 live in Petilia Policastro. My grandfather, Leonardo Comberiati, came from that town in the early 1900s. His father Bruno Comberiati also came to Brooklyn, New York. I do not know much else about these relatives. I would like to email with any of the Comberiati in this town since they are probably relatives.

  10. Franck55 says:

    Je recherche le mariage de mes grands parents à Petilia Policastro vers 1920: Perri Guiseppe avec Carcea Rosaria .

  11. Kathleen says:

    My great grandparents arrived in New York from Petilia Policastro, Calabria on the Citta di Torino on March 17, 1903. They went to live in Boston with relative Francesco Bianco.

    Their names were Giambattista Bianco and Domenica Perri or Petri or Petra. I believe they were married in Petilia Policastro before they left.

    Since I have been unable to travel to Italy to do research, any information anyone has from there would be very helpful and very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

  12. Janice says:

    My grandparents, Sebastiano and Giuseppina Lechiara came over to Ellis Island on the Conte Rosso, May 26, 1922. I am trying to find out out anything I can about their life there in Petilia Policastro.

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

  13. Lorenzo says:

    my grandfather was born in petilia policastro in 1895. came to america as a teen. he came with two brothers, one returned and the other stayed. their names were Franco Pace &

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